If you have a broken tooth, don’t let the problem linger. All too often, people assume that a broken tooth will only prove to be unsightly and that will be the end of the problem. The truth is that a broken tooth can wreak havoc on your personal health. It must be addressed with professional dental treatment in a timely manner.
How Can You Break a Tooth?
Though our teeth are hard, they can break. Teeth can be broken when playing sports like basketball, racquetball, baseball and football. Even a wayward soccer ball, softball, golf ball or frisbee has the potential to chip a tooth. Yet those who do not play sports are also prone to broken teeth. A simple trip and fall can result in a chipped tooth. Biting into a popcorn kernel, a piece of ice or other hard food is also a threat to those pearly whites.
The Dangers of a Broken Tooth
The visual of a broken tooth should be the least of your concerns. There are more important matters of concern, primarily your physical health.
A broken tooth has the potential to become infected. An infected tooth will either throb or produce sharp, and immediate pain. In some instances, it will create a bubble of tissue beneath the affected tooth. This infection will disrupt your sleep, cause your gums to swell, lead to halitosis, produce a bad taste in your mouth, and elicit sensitivity to heat and possibly even lead to a fever.
If you wait too long to obtain professional dental treatment, it might be too late to preserve the infected tooth. In some instances, delayed treatment leads to an expansion of the infection to the teeth surrounding the one that was originally broken. An infected tooth also has the potential to induce pain that lingers throughout the jawbone and area surrounding the tooth for months.
A broken tooth also has the potential to make it difficult to chew food. You might find that chewing with a broken tooth is inefficient as well as painful.
The first course of action following a chipped or broken tooth is to speak with a dentist. Do not assume that the pain will eventually subside or that you can proceed without any problems. Your dental health is not to be ignored. Speak with a dentist right away so the tooth can be salvaged. If you wait too long, the tooth could become infected and even a root canal might not preserve it. The last resort is a removal of the tooth. Don’t let it get to this point. Mitigate the pain with a painkiller like ibuprofen, pick up the phone and reach out to our office. Your dentist will examine your broken tooth and we will determine the appropriate treatment.
Endodontic therapy in the form of a root canal cleans, files and restores the broken tooth. It is then filled before a crown is applied. A less intrusive treatment option is bridgework. If the tooth fracture is minor, a simple filling might suffice.
Dental veneers are also an option for broken front teeth. This treatment option produces esthetically pleasant results so you won’t feel shy about smiling following your procedure. A veneer is a porcelain or resin material placed onto the entire tooth front. An extra-thick section is placed on the fractured portion of the tooth. Your dentist will explore every avenue possible to mend your broken tooth so it does not have to be pulled. Removing the broken tooth is a last resort.
Contact Central Avenue Dental Today
Countless individuals have neglected broken teeth only to pay the consequences. Don’t let this happen to you. Contact Central Avenue Dental today in Queens or Manhattan and we will rectify your broken tooth with the appropriate treatment. Give us a call at 516-887-0020 today.